Synopsis: WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, yesterday held a committee oversight hearing to examine the growth and evolution of the Indian gaming industry since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988. The hearing was an opportunity to hear from administration officials and tribal leaders on new challenges and future opportunities for tribal gaming. “The tribal gaming industry has changed significantly since President Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act into law,” said Hoeven.
“The National Indian Gaming Commission recently announced that tribal gaming brought in $31.2 billion in gross gaming revenue for 2016 – the largest amount in the history of Indian gaming. This is critical funding for essential tribal government services.” During the hearing, Hoeven pressed witnesses to discuss their efforts to combat the challenges of today’s industry – such as cybersecurity attacks, human trafficking and public safety – and provide an outlook on the future.